The Reemergence of Housing Bubbles?

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June 23, 2013
If most homeowners have not hedged themselves against the possibility that home prices, like bond prices, may fall if interest rates rise, we may be in for another round of very bad news if interest rates ever return to more normal levels. It is remarkable that the latest run-up in house prices has received so little attention from people in policy positions. There may be an enormous price to pay for the continued lack of attention to housing bubbles.
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The FBI’s License to Kill

The FBI’s License to Kill feature image
June 23, 2013
New documents reveal the FBI has cleared its agents in every single shooting incident dating back two decades. Out of 289 shootings that were found to be deliberate, no agent was disciplined except for letters of censure in five cases. Even in a case where the bureau paid a shooting victim more than a million dollars to settle a lawsuit, the internal review did not find the agent who shot the man culpable.
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The Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis

The Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis feature image
June 24, 2013
What about the ratings agencies? Isn't it true that almost none of the fraud that's swallowed Wall Street in the past decade could have taken place without companies like Moody's and Standard & Poor's rubber-stamping it? Aren't they guilty, too? Man, are they ever. And a lot more than even the least generous of us suspected.
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This Really Is Big Brother

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June 24, 2013
The Insider Threat Program is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments. It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of “insider threat” give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range conduct
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Lessons of the Snowden Revelations

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June 22, 2013
You have the right to meet, plan and organize without having the government looking over your shoulder (or tracking your calls and stealing your email) because all power in the government’s hands can and eventually will be abused in the absence of strong “checks and balances”.
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Nurses Join Keystone XL Protest

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June 22, 2013
"For nurses to come out and view this project through the lens of health is extremely important." Daniel Kessler, spokesman with the environmental group 350.org
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Rice at the UN - Déjà Vu All Over Again

Rice at the UN - Déjà Vu All Over Again feature image
June 22, 2013
The timing of Rice’s announcement is eerily reminiscent of what occurred a decade ago when Powell was at the Bush Administration’s foreign policy helm. Then, as now, the decision to escalate the conflict came amid feverish international effort to prevent war
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REWIND - A Wek of Quotes and Cartoons

REWIND - A Wek of Quotes and Cartoons feature image
June 22, 2013
"The End of Nature", "guns and butter" , Syria, student loans, secret surveillance , Steve Wozniak
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Friday Nite Videos -- June 21, 2013

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June 21, 2013
Why the World Cup should not be Brazil's priority. Flashmob Carmina Burana. John Oliver, immigration and pro wrestling. Gandolfini's other work: Wartorn. Movie: How to Make Money Selling Drugs. Dance-off at the office.
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Farm-To-Table May Feel Virtuous, But It's Food Labor That's Ripe For Change

Andrea Reusing
NPR The Salt
Farm-to-table's sincere glow distracts from how the production and processing of even the most pristine ingredients — from field or dock or slaughterhouse to restaurant or school cafeteria — is nearly always configured to rely on cheap labor. Work very often performed by people who are themselves poor and hungry.

Deux ex Machina

Sandra Anfang
Portside.org
Chuck and Nancy came to the high priest to cut a deal and think they did, but not everyone believes that the high priest can stick to a deal. And so it goes....

What Is Great about Ourselves

Pankaj Mishra
London Review of Books
Five books by neoliberal authors extolling glories that never were, the essayist eviscerates a state of mind that flatters a cosmopolitan liberal tolerance that has been more at home with nationalism, imperialism and even racism and a worldview that presupposes a chasm between civilized whites and uncivilized nonwhites. even accusing leftists of enabling racism by such affronts as squashing alleged dissimilar people together on buses, trains and subway cars.

What Is The Healthiest Way to Cook Vegetables

Markham Heid
TIME Health
Boiled down, there are a few simple rules when it comes to the best way to eat your vegetables. Just as eating a variety of vegetables is a good idea, enjoying them in a variety of ways seems to maximize their health benefits.

Portside Labor

Union Collaboration a Success for Vice Media

Patrick J. Foote
People's World
Two unions, Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Motion Picture Editors Guild/IATSE Local 700 (MPEG) have announced that approximately 430 VICE Media employees have chosen to go union.

There is Life After Uber

Sam Levin
The Guardian
After London stripped the service of its license, stories from Austin, Alaska and Denmark offer a preview of what could be next for the city’s transportation.

New York Teamsters Stand For Sanctuary

Tim Goulet
SocialistWorker.org
TEAMSTERS JOINT Council 16, representing 120,000 Teamsters in 27 locals across the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Long Island, the Hudson Valley and Puerto Rico, has declared itself a "sanctuary union."

How Hurricane Harvey Is Affecting Houston’s Restaurant Employees

Amy McCarthy
Eater
Hospitality union UNITE HERE represents more than 3,000 restaurant and hotel employees in the greater Houston area, and around 250 of its members have experienced “catastrophic losses,” according to Texas organizing director Danna Schneider. UNITE HERE arrived soon after Harvey made landfall, and the organization has since been delivering groceries and checking up on its members.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

Lewis Black explains why congressional Republicans will never be able to fix America's health care system and offers some grim advice to healthy uninsured millennials.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

Workman on his lunchbreak  plays some amazing boogie woogie at the Public Piano in St Pancras Station, London.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

Study reveals that sleep may have deep evolutionary roots.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

A short documentary film, with music, depicting anti-Irish bigotry in Boston's daily newspapers from the 1880s and 1890s. By Bill Fitzpatrick.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

In this moving, poetic talk, OluTimehin Adegbeye details how government land grabs are destroying the lives of thousands who live in the coastal communities of Lagos, Nigeria, to make way for a "new Dubai."

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

The New York Times reports that President Trump wanted to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions after hearing of Mueller's appointment as Special Counsel. Ari Melber breaks it down.

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn't been signed by any team in the NFL because they can't tolerate his silent public protest of police killings. But here's what the NFL does tolerate ...